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Review: The Unraveling of Mercy Louis

Keija Parssinen’s rapturous second novel paints an unsettling portrait of victimhood in the contemporary south

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out Book reviews

Even rabid readers need a little direction sometimes, and Time Out is happy to help with as many book reviews of intriguing, notable fiction and nonfiction as we can muster. Peruse our library for Time Out New York critics' takes on the good and bad in novels, short stories, poetry, graphic works and more.

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10 new science-fiction and fantasy reads

Pick up these genre-bending works to indulge your lust for the unbelievable, without committing to a 14-part novel series

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The best NYC writing classes

Harness your inner Zadie Smith or Jonathan Lethem at these stellar writing workshops, for every type of writer on every type of budget

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The most anticipated books of early 2015

It’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions, like planning to read loads of excellent literature in the year ahead (because you’ve already read all the best books of 2014, right?). To help, we’ve gathered up early 2015’s most exciting book releases, including new work from our favorite New York authors, thought-provoking nonfiction from an incomparable journalist and poetry, always poetry. Some big-hitting names also have books out soon, like Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in 10 years. But here, we’ve chosen to highlight some of the auspicious forthcoming books that are flying a little lower on the radar. We can’t wait to read them all.

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New York's best bookstores and readings

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Best bookstores in New York City

The independent bookshops on this list represent some of the best places to find

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Best specialty bookstores in New York City

For literary fetishists who seek out the latest or just casual readers who are looking for a great play or the new crime novel

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Best reading series in New York City

From fiction writers taking risks to sexy poets purring their verses, these are some of the best spots

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Best storytelling shows in New York City

If there are indeed eight million stories in the Naked City, these shows represent the best way to eavesdrop on a few.

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Girl in a Band

In the opening pages of her memoir, Kim Gordon finds herself in the midst of two breakups

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Find Me: A Novel

As victims across the country forget their names, one woman's memories won't let her go

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

The short-story master will bring out your inner voyeur in another collection of simple, entrancingly realistic fictions

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Loitering: New & Collected Essays by Charles D’Ambrosio

A cult essayist expands his oeuvre—and leaves no doubt about his talent—in this deeply relatable nonfiction collection 

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Ugly Girls: A Novel by Lindsay Hunter

Two teens face a stalker and deal with their own failings in a richly detailed debut 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss

Myths, metaphors and vampires: Eula Biss’s expansive exploration of vaccination will surprise you 

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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LIVE from the NYPL

One of the city’s most prestigious and, simply, best talk and reading series returns for another brilliant season

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To Kill a Mockingbird sequel

In what may be the biggest literary news of the 21st century so far, beloved one-hit wonder Harper Lee announced today that she will publish a second novel this summer, starring Scout Finch 20 years later

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Interview: Shaun Usher

Letters of Note editor and author Shaun Usher reveals that the best way to study history is to read other people’s letters

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10 new science-fiction and fantasy reads

Pick up these genre-bending works to indulge your lust for the unbelievable, without committing to a 14-part novel series

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Interview: Julia Cooke

The author and travel journalist shares her story about life in Cuba today, from the trade embargo to the espresso

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